Diego wrote:Kreskin is STILL the best known name in the USA.(Deal with it.)
You don't have to be rude about it.
In my post above I stated that Kreskin isn't as well known in the US as Derren is in the UK and that's a fact. Derren is selling out live shows months in advance and Kreskin can no longer fill a theater. While he may be making TV appearances (Jimmy Fallon, Mike Huckabee), he doesn't do prime time TV and hasn't had his own show in decades. Derren has been on prime time tv with his own shows for over a decade now.
Saying that the 70+ set "might" remember Dunninger is twisting around what I know to be true. I used to perform for a lot of senior organizations doing mentalism shows and most of the folks in every audience did remember Dunninger because I would ask during my show. It doesn't matter how long he was on the air with each network, he was on the air on both radio and TV for several years. Kreskin's show only aired for 4 years. He hasn't had a TV show in 36 years. Also don't forget, if it wasn't for Dunninger, Kreskin wouldn't have an act.
In the UK I'm guessing that 9 out of 10 people know who Derren Brown is and he would be considered an "A List" celebrity. Doubtful you're going to find that many people in the States who know who Kreskin is.
I agree with what Richard posted - there are no famous mentalists in the US. Most people here don't even know what a mentalist is aside from the CBS show. When I perform at company events I typically have a retractable banner that has my name, photo and "Mentalist". People will come up to me before the show and ask "what's a mentalist?"
So I guess I do have to agree with you that Kreskin is the best known mentalist in the USA, but it's such an obscure reference that his so-called fame is very limited.